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Country Music January 2012 Archive

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Non-Depressing Country Love Songs

Tuesday January 31, 2012
A box of chocolates remains the present of choice on Valentine's Day, but mixtapes are also popular. Just be careful. Seemingly innocuous country songs have a knack for hiding lyrics about ... Read More

ACM Nominees Announced!

Friday January 27, 2012
Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, and Brad Paisley lead the pack of nominees for the 45th Academy of Country Music Awards. For all the info, check out my full list of 2012 ... Read More

Country Song of the Week: "Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine"

Friday January 27, 2012
They're the secrets to a happy existence according to Tom T. Hall. Enjoy: Listen to Tom T. Hall sing "Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine" Image courtesy of Country Music Foundation

Tim McGraw and Kellie Pickler Branch Out

Wednesday January 25, 2012
Kellie Pickler's 100 Proof and Tim McGraw's long-in-limbo Emotional Traffic have something in common. Both were released this week, and both find the country singers exploring new stylistic territory. While Kellie Pickler ... Read More

Country Song of the Week: Dirt Road Anthem

Friday January 20, 2012
If you listen to country radio or watch CMT, you're familiar enough with "Dirt Road Anthem." Perhaps overly familiar. It was the big single off of Jason Aldean's mega-seller My Kinda ... Read More

Eric Church is Number One

Thursday January 19, 2012
It's been a long-haul for Eric Church's powerhouse single "Drink in My Hand." After 23 weeks on the charts, the tune from Chief finally crashes the party at #1. For the full ... Read More

Country Song of the Week: Travelin' Blues

Friday January 13, 2012
"Travelin' Blues" travels three generations of country legends. It started with Jimmie Rodgers, who recorded the song with its writer, Shelly Lee Alley, in 1931. (Listen.) As Nolan Porterfield puts it in ... Read More

David Nail Reigns at #1

Thursday January 12, 2012
Looks like this is David Nail's week! The country crooner finally hit #1 with his single "Let It Rain," from his new album The Sound of a Million Dreams. How did Toby ... Read More

2012 Country Music Festivals

Wednesday January 11, 2012
It's not too soon to start thinking about 2012's country music festivals! Need proof? April's Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif., has already sold out. Don't be left out in the cold without ... Read More

Country Song of the Week: 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night'

Friday January 6, 2012
Jake Owen channels the spirit of John Cougar Mellencamp for "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," his hit party song from 2011. Punctuated by booming drums and lyrics about beer and babes, it's ... Read More

Most Popular Songs of 2011?

Wednesday January 4, 2012
Billboard has released their list of the most popular songs of 2011, and it's quite a surprising lot. Sure, there are shoe-ins like "Just a Kiss," from Lady Antebellum's Own the ... Read More

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